JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A day of solemn remembrances and
forward-looking celebrations is planned Tuesday as Joplin
commemorates the anniversary of a tornado that ripped the city in
The May 22, 2011, twister was the nation's deadliest in six
decades, killing 161 people, injuring hundreds more and destroying
thousands of buildings, including the city's only public high
school. Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled at three sites for
replacement buildings, including Joplin High School's future home.
Gov. Jay Nixon plans to attend a sunrise service at Freeman
Hospital honoring the city's medical workers and volunteers who
have aided the recovery.
A unity walk through some of the city's hardest hit
neighborhoods will end at Cunningham Park at 5:41 p.m. That's the
precise time when the EF-5 tornado packing 200 mph winds hit